Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 19, 1998 · Page 7
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL lorts THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1998 align perfectly for Stanford The NCAA brackets were aligned ideally for Stanford from the start. And with upsets ricocheting everywhere like bullets in a Dodge City saloon, the brackets have been realigned .eyen more perfectly for the Car- .dinal. ..-... "Tell that to Kansas," Mike . Montgomery reacted sarcastically,"' ''• 'l-v•••">,:-.. . :.:. /This isi Montgomery's big ..chance. The Final Four. He -.won't come out and say it, because there are two games in •St. Louis that must be won first. And Montgomery's full-media- i; press defense mechanisms pre, vent us fromjknowing what he's really feeling inside. •_:/•,; Montgomery seems more ., : wary than usual, which is a good sign to those who know him best. JHe is equal parts good-natured • fun and sarcasm away from basketball, but now you can sense his edge on the court. .M "He's like Clark Kent and Superman - two different people, . separate personalities," said Stanford point guard Arthur Lee. "He's so mellow off the court and very intense on it." Montgomery desperately craves his first NCAA title. This is what he stayed at Stanford for, rebuffing offers from Virginia and elsewhere. And, finally, he has the team he wants, and the future he has dreamed of with the heralded freshman Collins twins, Jarron and Jason. NEWHOUSE NEWS BY DAVE NEWHOUSE "They might want us in the NBA next year," Montgomery joked. Top-seeded Kansas is out of the Midwest Regionals, where Stanford continues to survive. The bracketing may never be more perfect for Montgomery to make the Final Four. He played two smaller teams, College of Charleston and Western Michigan, in Chicago. Stanford eats small teams for breakfast. Next up is Purdue. The Cardinal and Boilermakers are identical in makeup - big men inside, 3-point shooters outside, tough defenders, big-game players. Stanford's a little deeper, that's all. More pluses for Stanford: The players genuinely like one another. They aren't into personal glory like some basketball programs. In Chicago, Peter Sauer and Kris Weems, two dependable scorers, were needed more for defense. They did their out-of- the-spotlight jobs, and Stanford advanced. Montgomery's whole card against Purdue and possibly beyond is that his team is growing more confident with each victory. Stanford has recovered from one-sided losses to Connecticut and Arizona, who are chasing the Final Four in other regionals. The Cardinal is peaking at the right time. If Stanford can shoot down Purdue, next up would be tournament darling Valparaiso or Rhode Island Jim Harrick's upstarts who made Roy Williams click his heels three times and go back to Kansas. As bracketing luck goes, Stanford already has beaten Valparaiso (70-65) and Rhode Island (70-69) this season, thereby eliminating all thought of unfamiliarity. Stanford is one of America's great institutions of higher learning. Therefore, the very idea of it as a basketball power seems incredulous. However, cerebral Duke is a hoops power. So why not Stanford in the Final Four? "You're talking about odds," Montgomery said. "But if you rolled it out, this team would have a better chance than last year's team." Montgomery said that even though he feels Purdue "might be better than Utah," which knocked Stanford out of the Sweet Sixteen a year ago in overtime. Stanford has added experience from that Brevin Knight-led team. Four of the five starters everyone but Knight - are back. And Stanford has 28 wins, six more than last year. That's the result of experience, plus more weapons now that the scoring has been spread around with Knight's departure to the NBA. "A lot of times," Montgomery said, "when things go wrong, teams cave in. This is a team that doesn't do that. They are fairly calm and collected." Stanford finished the regular season ranked No. 10 nationally, following at No. 12 rating last year. Is Stanford about to become a consistent top-10 team? "We're getting closer," Montgomery said. Life is good right now if you're Mike Montgomery. San Antonio, the site of this year's Final Four, looks reachable. And the beginning of the 21st century looks nova bright. The only remaining doubt about Stanford men's basketball: Stanford? Dave Newhouse is a columnist for the Oakland Tribune. Ukiah boys defeat Clear Lake in tennis By GLENN ERICKSON Journal correspondent Ukiah's Mike DeMartini clinched a straight sets victory over Clear Lake's Adam Speck Wednesday to lead the Wildcats past the Cardinals 5-2 at Ukiah High School. DeMartini claimed a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Clear Lake's No. 1 player, clinching the second set in a 7-3 tiebreaker. Zack Hayes of Clear Lake frustrated Ukiah's Rogan Adams in second-singles, 6-2,6-2, before Ukiah's Luke Behnke put Ukiah ahead again with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Taylor Tipton. Clear Lake's Aalop Patel won two 6-4 sets from Mike Riemenschneider, while Ukiah's Loren Freeman won fifth singles for Ukiah, in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, over Cardinal Joey Fish. Ukiah also collected two doubles wins. Max Bentley and Nick Klein teamed together to defeat A.R. Moore and Jim Irwin, 6-2, 6-1; and Cory Deerborn worked with Isiah Musik to handle Clear Lake's Eris Sin and Phil Fuller, 6-1, 6-3, on a Low Gap court. Ukiah, which needs matches to get sharp for early-April North Bay League opening matches, will not play Sonoma as scheduled Friday, the Dragons' coach having a conflict of schedule. Fresno State threatens to pull out of NIT Associated Press FRESNO — Jerry Tarkanian arrived at Fresno State three seasons ago with a promise to turn the basketball team into a winner. He made good .on that vow, but along with that success has come trouble that threatens to undermine the Bulldogs' run to the NIT quarterfinals. A day after two players were arrested on robbery and assault charges, Fresno State president John Welty said Wednesday he will pull the school out of the NIT "if any player or coach further disgraces this university with objectionable behavior." jSprewell charged with reckless driving Associated Press MARTINEZ — Suspended basketball player Latrell .Sprewell is innocent of charges filed against him in connection with a traffic accident that left two people injured, according to his attorney. Sprewell, suspended after attacking Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo, could be sentenced to 30 days in jail on the misdemeanor charge of reck- - less driving, filed Wednesday by the Contra Costa County district - attorney's office. "Sprewell is surprised and ' disappointed by the district attorney's action, but he steadfastly maintains that he is innocent of criminal wrongdoing," attorney John Burris said. "He sincerely regrets the accident." Sprewell allegedly was driving 90 mph when he tried to swerve back on to a freeway from an off ramp and ran into a small Toyota with his 1997 Mercedes. Both cars ran into a concrete wall, and the impact flipped the Toyota, the California Highway Patrol reported. Sprewell was unhurt, but the two people in the other vehicle — Arnulfo Perlas, 54, and Irma Feliciano, 53 — sustained minor injuries. SprewelFs driver license has been revoked once and suspended several times since 1994 for negligent driving and failing to appear in court, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. His latest suspension was in 1996, when he lost his license for two months because his auto insurance was canceled. In December, after attacking Carlesimo, Sprewell was suspended from the NBA for a year and dropped from the team. An arbitrator reinstated Sprewell's $32 million contract and reduced his suspension to the end of the season, saying the penalties were too harsh. Turek leads Dallas Stars past San Jose, 3-1 ; ' Stars 3, Sharks 1 By DENNIS GEORGATOS AP Sports Writer |."' SAN JOSE — Jamie Wright ; and Dan Keczmer were filling in for injured starters. Roman Turek , started in the goal to give Ed 1 Belfour a break. All three wound up playing ^crucial roles in the Dallas Stars' "'3-1 victory over the San Jose .Sharks on Wednesday night. '••'- Wright and Keczmer, both brought to Dallas in the past •Week, scored goals, and Turek had 33 saves on a night when the ' Stars were outshot 34-13. ; "To get two points here from where our hockey club is health- wise is outstanding," Stars coach JKen Hitchcock said. "We scored when we had to and took advantage of opportunities." 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